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Vehicle Dynamics for Passenger Cars and Light Trucks PD130702ON


This e-Seminar presents an introduction to vehicle dynamics from a vehicle system perspective. The theory and applications are associated with the interaction and performance balance between the powertrain, brakes, steering, suspensions and wheel and tire vehicle subsystems. The role that vehicle dynamics can and should play in effective automotive chassis development and the information and technology flow from vehicle system to subsystem to piece- part is integrated into the presentation.

Dr. Richard Lundstrom develops and solves governing equations of motion for both steady and transient conditions. He presents manual and computer techniques for analysis and evaluation. Vehicle system dynamic performance in the areas of drive-off, braking, directional control and rollover is emphasized. The dynamics of the powertrain, brakes, steering, suspension and wheel and tire subsystems and their interactions are examined along with the important role of structure and structural parameters related to vehicle dynamics. Physical experiments applicable to vehicle dynamics are also introduced.

Based on the popular classroom seminar, this course offers nearly fifteen hours of instruction and simulations divided into nineteen modules; the Bosch Automotive Handbook and the book, The Automotive Chassis: Engineering Principles by Reimpell, Stoll and Betzler; a coordinated handbook that includes a resource guide and SAE papers and paper collections.


By participating in this course, you will be able to:

  • Summarize how vehicle dynamics is related to the voice of the customer
  • Identify important vehicle system parameters useful for effective application of vehicle dynamics to chassis development
  • List and explain parameters that effect vehicle performance relative to drive-off, braking, directional control and rollover
  • Identify physical measurements needed to effectively apply vehicle dynamics to passenger cars and light trucks
  • Define the value of vehicle dynamics simulation in the development and evaluation of vehicles
  • Explain the balance required between ride, directional control and rollover and the essential process for this balance to be obtained for marketplace vehicles

Materials Provided

  • 90 days of online single-user access (from date of purchase) to the 15 hour course
  • Links to streaming video modules
  • Course handbook (downloadable, .pdf's) including the SAE Papers:
    • 970091
    • SP-355
    • 760713
    • 760710
  • The eBook, The Automotive Chassis: Engineering Principles by Reimpell, Stoll and Betzler (downloadable through My Library)
  • Instructor follow up to your content questions
  • 1.5 CEUs*/Certificate of Achievement (upon completion of all course content and a score of 70% or higher on the learning assessment)

*SAE International is authorized by IACET to offer CEUs for this course.


Is this e-Seminar for You?

This e-Seminar is intended for automotive engineers and quality professionals who work in product design, testing, quality, process or development.

This course has been approved by the Accreditation Commission for Traffic Accident Reconstruction (ACTAR) for 18 Continuing Education Units (CEUs). Upon completion of this seminar, accredited reconstructionists should mail a copy of their course certificate and the $5 student CEU fee to ACTAR, PO Box 1493, North Platte, NE 69103.


This course satisfies a requirement in both the Vehicle Dynamics and Accident Reconstruction Certificate Programs.

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Related Topics
Click on each topic for an expanded view.
  • Vehicle Dynamics: Introduction
  • Drive-Off Dynamics: Introduction and Vehicle Resistances
  • Drive-Off Dynamics: Vehicle Characteristics and Powertrain Matching
  • Drive-Off Dynamics: Tire Patch Forces and Performance Prediction
  • Braking Dynamics: Introduction and Balance Characteristics
  • Braking Dynamics: Tire/Wheel Limits, Efficiency, and Performance
  • Ride Dynamics: Introduction
  • Ride Dynamics: Quarter Vehicle Dynamic Model
  • Ride Dynamics: Parameter Estimation
  • Ride Dynamics: Wheel Motion and Secondary Ride
  • Ride Dynamics: Summary
  • "Low Speed" Steering Dynamics: Introduction and Steering Geometry
  • "Low Speed" Steering Dynamics: Turning Circle
  • "High Speed" Steering Dynamics: Introduction
  • "High Speed" Steering Dynamics: Tire Forces and Characteristics
  • "High Speed" Steering Dynamics: Cornering Compliance and Body Roll
  • "High Speed" Steering Dynamics: Understeer Gradient - Rigid Body Contributions
  • "High Speed" Steering Dynamics: Understeer Gradient - K & C Contributions
  • "High Speed" Steering Dynamics: Transient Cornering Response

  • Windows 7, 8, 10 (other operating systems and mobile platforms are not supported but may work)
  • Internet Explorer 11, Mozilla Firefox 37 , Google Chrome 42 (other browsers are not supported)
  • Broadband-1Mbps minimum

Joe J. Doe
Richard Raye Lundstrom

Dr. Richard Lundstrom is an independent research and project engineer specializing in dynamic system engineering, automotive chassis development , and application of the science of improvement. He teaches Chassis Design, Systems Analysis and Mechanical Control Systems at Kettering University, where he also served as team leader for the annual Kettering Industry Symposium. Dr. Lundstrom previously taught several mechanical engineering courses, developed Vehicle Dynamics and Thermal System Design courses, and founded and directed the Vehicle Dynamics Lab at Lawrence Tech. He has worked as a product engineer with Ford Motor Company and developed and taught a Fundamentals of Vehicle Design course. Dr. Lundstrom is a member of SAE, ASME, ASQ, ASEE and SCCA. He received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois, a M.S. from the University of Michigan and a Ph.D. from Oakland University.

1.5 CEUs


"(I liked) the convenience of learning at my own pace in my office. Very informative and well organized. Helps understand the history and relevance of automotive dynamic calculations."
Gary Rogers
Vice President
Packer Engineering

Access Period:90 Days

Duration: 15 Hours
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